Coffee: the lifeline of so many a frazzled mum and sometimes the ONLY way to get through the day after a sleepless night with your toddler, a fraught day with a sulky teenager or just a day of parenting fails (forgotten tooth fairy duties, sneaky veg detected in the pasta and a school excursion form you didn’t sign…). But how is it possible to get in a relaxing coffee date with the kids always in tow? We’ll tell you how: babyccinos! These thimble-sized offerings of frothy milk dusted with chocolate powder and sometimes a side order of marshmallows are THE way to get a prolonged moment of peace while you mainline your own quadruple espresso shot. If it buys you a brief bubble of sanity, then buy into it, we say. And on that note, here’s a list of places where you’ll find the frothiest babyccino hits around Singapore…
Oh Deli: oh how we love thee! Not only do we rate it as one of the best butchers in Singapore, but turns out it does a pretty mean babyccino too (pictured top). Delightfully frothy and sure to keep the kiddos happy long enough for you to gulp a fab latte and maybe even chow down on a delectable wagyu beef wrap, all-day brekkie or homemade scone with fresh cream and jam. The staff are super duper nice too.
Oh Deli, 421 East Coast Road, Singapore, 429008; www.ohdeli.com.sg
Eat Love Play
Eat Love Play not only serves up a delicious babyccino, but it comes with a massive side order of art and craft too. A guaranteed winner on the drink score, and also a great pick to ensure you get your cuppa and a slice of cake in relative quiet.
Eat Play Love, #01-07 Aliwal Arts Center, 28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918; www.eatplaylove.com.sg
Plain Vanilla Bakery
There’s nothing plain about the babyccinos at Plain Vanilla Bakery. Head over to one of our all-time fave ‘hoods where kids will love their perfectly foamy milk drinks: extra brownie points for the animal cookies included in the sweet deal too. Add in toys to keep the little ones busy with, and you’ve got yourself the chance to really savour your caffeine fix. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a cupcake: mummy and bubba date perfection right there.
Plain Vanilla Bakery, 1D Yong Siak St, Singapore 168641; www.facebook.com/pvbakery
Craftsmen Speciality Coffee
We’ve long been fans of the Aussie cafe vibe that Craftsmen Speciality Coffee has nailed perfectly right here in Singapore, and as well as it’s amazing menu (you HAVE to try its pulled pork wrap!) it offers up top-notch coffees and pretty-as-a-picture babyccinos. The colourful mini marshmallows seal the deal.
Craftsmen Speciality Coffee, 2 First Street, Siglap V, #01-01, Singapore 458278, 20 Eastwood Rd, Eastwood Centre #01-06, Singapore 486442, 173 Thomson Road, Singapore 307623 and 6 Eu Tong Seng Street Clarke Quay Central #01-58/59, Singapore; www.craftsmencoffee.com
Our kids beg to go to any of the five PS. Cafe locations on a Saturday for afternoon tea and babyccinos – and we usually give in because the cakes are honestly spectacular. Other standouts from the extensive menu include the superfood salad (with a side of truffle shoe string fries of course), the PS Café wagyu beef burger and Lulu’s leftover lasagna.
PS Cafe, various locations; www.pscafe.com
The winning ingredient here is that there is ample space for scootering pursuits after your little one downs their drink. You can sip yours while they play up and down along the river. Win-win.
Toby’s Estate, 8 Rodyk Street #01-03/04, Singapore 238216; www.tobysestate.com.sg
Yep, we know it’s generic but you can’t fault the fact that it provides that moment of babyccino peace and quiet for FREE. We’re all about saving money wherever we can, so we’ll take that free froth several times over while we languish over our grown up version. We especially love the Starbucks at Parkland Green where the kids have plenty of space to run around once they’re done with their ‘cino.
Starbucks, various locations; www.starbucks.com.sg
The stalwart of the Tanglin Mum Brigade, you can’t wrong for a quick lunch, a chat and a FREE babyccino at Brunetti’s. The oh-so-tempting biscuits, cakes and ice creams at kid eye level means you probably won’t make it out without a biscotti or macaron purchase to go along with that frothy milk…
Brunetti, #01-35 Tanglin Mall,163 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247933; www.brunetti.com.au
ABC Boulangerie Co.
With eight outlets dotted around Singapore, you’ll never be too far from a tried and tested babyccino hit at ABC Boulangerie Co (a popular spot for mums meetups too). Little ones will love feeling all grown up as they sip their choc-dusted drink just like mum does – we say make a date of it and try its kids meals, sandwiches and quiches too: freshly baked and totally delicious.
ABC Boulangerie, various locations; www.artisanbakery.com.sg
Baker & Cook
Baker & Cook is our go-to for coffee, cakes, moreish dips, sourdough pizzas and, of course, babyccinos! This is also where you should be heading for freshly baked breads that are not your run-of-the-mill supermarket finds: we’re talking everything from a good ol’ fashioned bloomer to a Turkish pide, a Danish rugbrod to a fig and aniseed sourdough!
Baker & Cook, various locations; bakerandcook.biz
Appease the kiddos on a shopping trip around Orchard with a welcome pit stop at Cafe Manuka in Paragon. Ride on toys nearby and simple but healthy tucker make it a great pick for refuelling.
Cafe Manuka, #05-k3/k4 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859; www.facebook.com/cafemanuka
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